Garden School:


Garden School:
Teaching this week: Lavender pruning, compost problems, and the difference between compost and leaf mold.

Events

I will be presenting the following courses and talks: just one left for this year, then we're back to botanical courses for 2019.

And here's an advance warning list of courses I'm presenting next year: they may not be available for booking on the FSC website yet, but make a note in your diaries!

2019:

Feb:
Sat 2nd, Winter Tree ID, Amersham
Sat 9th, Winter Tree ID, Bushy Park, London

March:
Sat 16th, Conifer ID, Bushy Park, London

May:
Sat 18th, Summer Tree ID, Bushy Park, London

June:
Sat 22nd, Intro to Botanical Keys, Bushy Park, London


October 2018:


Saturday 6th October 2018; by popular request, I will be repeating my one-day workshop on How to Be a Self-Employed Gardener for the WFGA at a more northerly venue.

(Please note, that picture on their website - below - is not a picture of me!!)


We will be based at Oulton Village Hall, Oulton by Stone, just north of Stafford: arrive for registration and hot drinks at 09.30, course starts 09.45. Bring along a packed lunch, and we aim to finish by 4pm.


A chance to ask me any questions you like about starting up in business: having done it myself, and having quite literally written the book on this subject - How To Be A Self-Employed Gardener, to be precise - I am always happy to talk about it, and to answer questions, to encourage more people to take this step and become self-employed as Gardeners. Even if you are already self-employed, this workshop will help and encourage you to take it to the next level, to be better: and to charge a realistic rate for it!







June 2018:



How to use a Botanical Key - Bushy Park, London - Sat 23rd June 2018

http://www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2018/ldn/how-to-use-a-botanical-key-73678.aspx


"Keying out" is an essential skill for anyone interested in Botany, but it can be daunting: this one-day introduction will explain how Dichotomous Keys work, how to find your way around them, and will guide you through their use and application - and their limitations. We will be working mainly from The Vegetative Key to the British Flora by Poland and Clements (with reference to Rose, and Stace) and from the FSC's own fold-out Tree Name Trail, a copy of which will be provided for you to keep.

This practical course will take us outside as much as possible.


May 2018:



Introduction to Broad-leaved Trees - Bushy Park, London - Sat 19th May 2018

http://www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2018/ldn/introduction-to-broad-leaved-trees-73680.aspx


This one-day course is an easy introduction to our common street trees: if you struggle to spot an Oak from a Sycamore, this course will show you what to look for and how to use a Key to narrow down the options.


April 2018:



Thursday 12th April 2018: evening talk at Wallingford Garden Club: Wildflower meadows, nectar bars and attracting birds into your garden.

Start time 07.30.




Saturday 14th April 2018:  I will be repeating my one-day workshop on How to Be a Self-Employed Gardener for the WFGA: this is the course originally planned for 3rd March and cancelled due to SNOW!! so if you couldn't make that date, here's another chance.

(Note, the WFGA have asked me to repeat the course in Staffordshire, later in the year, for their more northern members: the date will be Saturday 6th October, at Oulton village, north of Stafford.)

The new date is Sat 14th  April, in the village of Grove, Oxfordshire: arrive for registration and hot drinks at 09.30, course starts 09.45. Bring along a packed lunch, and we aim to finish by 4pm.



A chance to ask me any questions you like about starting up in business: having done it myself, and having quite literally written the book on this subject - How To Be A Self-Employed Gardener, to be precise - I am always happy to talk about it, and to answer questions, to encourage more people to take this step and become self-employed as Gardeners. Even if you are already self-employed, this workshop will help and encourage you to take it to the next level, to be better: and to charge a realistic rate for it!


March 2018:



Thursday 8th March 2018: evening talk at Sunningwell Garden Club


Tuesday 6th March 2018: evening talk at Southmoor and Kingston Bagpuize Garden Club.


Introduction to Coniferous Trees - Bushy Park, London - Sat 17th March 2018

http://www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2018/ldn/introduction-to-coniferous-trees-73688.aspx


If you think you know nothing at all about Conifers, this is the course for you! It's a one-day course, with a lot to cover, but by the end of the day you will be able to recognise most of the commonly-found Conifers in the UK to genus level. No, not genius level, genus level - being a genius would take more than one day...  if you can't make the date or the location, this course is based around my book Conifer Basics, which is an easy introduction to a difficult subject.


February 2018:


Winter Tree ID - Bushy Park, London - Sat 10th February 2018

http://www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2018/ldn/introduction-to-trees-in-winter-73692.aspx


This is suitable for complete beginners: even if you can't really recognise trees in summer, you can still learn to do it in winter, and just think how much easier it will be once they have leaves! A short one-day introduction to the subject, we will spend the morning doing "Identifying", by working through the keys in the FSC's own Guide to Winter Trees, then in the afternoon we'll be doing the short-hand version, "Recognising", using my Cribs: and yes, you get to keep the Crib afterwards!

If you can't make the date or location, check out my book on the subject, Winter Tree ID, free to download if you have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime, and only a few pounds, if you don't.